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Ennio Morricone

November 10, 1928 -
born in Rome, Italy, composed during the Contemporary period
A European who came to dominate the scoring of westerns, Ennio Morricone is a unique figure in the history of film music.

Morricone was born in Rome, the son of a jazz trumpet player, in 1928. He was a precocious musician, starting to compose at the age of six, and studied harmony and composition at the Santa Cecilia Conservatory. Post-war Italy didn't offer many opportunities for a serious composer, and Morricone worked in various jazz bands, as well as serving as a staff composer, arranger, and conductor on Italian radio and television. During the late 1950's, he landed a job as orchestrator and assistant to Nascio Nascimbene, then the leading composer in the Italian movie industry. Morricone began writing film scores in the early 1960's, but he first distinguished himself in the western field.

When U.S. studios' production of westerns slowed in the early 1960s, Italian (and Spanish) filmmakers stepped in to fill the gap, for the genre had lost none of its luster internationally. Morricone proved adept at writing memorable melodies with his first western, the Spanish-made Gringo, in 1963. His heavy style at that point emphasized the lower registers of the orchestra--cellos, basses, and brass--and often featured an orchestral "growl," a low dissonance that had been a favorite device of Dimitri Tiomkin. The song "A Gringo Like Me" closely followed the dramatic-pop western themes ("Gunfight At the O.K. Corral," "Rawhide") that Tiomkin had been writing for years with Frankie Laine in mind, with an added veneer of pseudo-operatic passion. InMorricone's second western score, Guns Don't Argue, he first hit on a distinctive style: the music emphasized melody more than beat, and had moments of flowing lyricism; it also introduced whistling and featured fairly prominent use of a guitar. That same year, Morricone was commissioned to write the music for A Fistful of Dollars, an Italian-made western by director Sergio Leone, based on Akira Kurosawa's samurai movie Yojimbo and starring Clint Eastwood.

This film, with its emphasis on violence, revenge, and duplicity and its minimal reliance on dialogue, was a new kind of western; it was hugely popular in both Europe and the U.S. Morricone's score featured whistling, flutes, electric guitars, jew's harp, and wordless choruses (and occasional choral grunts), along with the usual complement of strings, brass, and percussion, all hooked around haunting melodies. Two sequels followed, For A Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966), each directed by Leone, starring Eastwood, and featuring Morricone's music. The latter was particularly bold, featuring choirs in sweeping, wordless flourishes, closer to Wagner than Delius but with Puccini-like lyricism, depicting the action and emotional content of the script.

Westerns comprised only a tiny part of Morricone's output, but they created a lasting demand for his work. He scored as many as eight or nine movies in a year, from offbeat westerns such as Two Mules For Sister Sara to modern crime dramas like Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, from controversial experiments like Pasolini's Salo to mainstream efforts like Brian DePalma's The Untouchables. Since the mid-1960's, Morricone's work has appeared in as many as 250 movies. He's received Academy Award nominations for his music in Terence Mallick's Days of Heaven (1978) and Roland Joffe's The Mission (1986). In the 1980's, his music received long-delayed recognition from outside the film music community when New York-based avant-garde saxophonist John Zorn used it as the basis for performances and recordings by jazz chamber ensemble, doing for Morricone what Miles Davis had previously done for Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, and Victor Young, among others. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Title: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score

1. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (Main Title)

3. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Sentenza

4. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Fuga A Cavallo

5. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Il Ponte Di Corde

7. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Inseguimento

10. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: La Missione San Antonio

11. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Padre Ramirez

14. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Il Treno Militare

15. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Fine Di Una Spia

16. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Il Bandito Monco

17. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, film score: Due Contro Cinque

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Track List: The Legendary Italian Westerns: The Film Composers Series, Vol. 2

Title: The Legendary Italian Westerns

4. The Legendary Italian Westerns: Lonesome Billy

5. The Legendary Italian Westerns: Overture

6. The Legendary Italian Westerns: Almost Dead

7. The Legendary Italian Westerns: Square Dance

9. The Legendary Italian Westerns: The Result

15. The Legendary Italian Westerns: Angel Face

23. The Legendary Italian Westerns: For A Few Dollars More

28. The Legendary Italian Westerns: Once Upon A Time In The West

30. The Legendary Italian Westerns: Man With A Harmonica

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Track List: Per Un Pugno Di Dollari

Title: A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score

1. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Titoli

2. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Quasi Morto

3. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Musica Sospesa

4. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Square Dance

5. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Ramon

6. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Consuelo Baxter

7. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Doppi Giochi

8. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Per Un Pugno Di Dollari

9. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Scambio Di Prigionieri

10. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Cavalcata

11. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: L'inseguimento

12. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Tortura

13. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Alla Ricerca Dell'evaso

14. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Senza Pieta'

15. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Reazione

16. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Per Un Pugno Di Dollari (#2)

17. A Fistful Of Dollars (Per Un Pugno Di Dollari), Film Score: Per Un Pugno Di Dollari (Finale)

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Track List: The Hateful Eight (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

Title: The Hateful Eight, Film Score

1. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: L'ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock (Versione Integrale)

2. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Overture

3. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Major Warren Meet Daisy Domergue

4. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Narratore Letterario

5. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Apple Blossom

6. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Frontier Justice

7. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: L'ultima Diligenza Di Red Rock #2

8. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Neve [Versione Integrale]

9. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: This Here Is Daisy Domergue

10. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Sei Cavalli

11. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Raggi Di Sole Sulla Montagna

12. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Son Of The Bloody Ni**er Killer Of Baton Rouge

13. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Jim Jones At Botany Bay

14. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Neve #2

15. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Uncle Charlie's Stew

16. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: I Quattro Passeggeri

17. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: La Musica Prima Del Massacro

18. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: L'inferno Blanco (Synth)

19. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: The Suggestive Oswaldo Mobray

20. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Now You're All Alone

21. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Sangue E Neve

22. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: L'inferno Blanco [Ottoni]

23. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Neve #3

24. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: Daisy's Speech

25. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: La Lettera Di Lincoln [Strumentale]

26. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: La Lettera Di Lincoln [Con Dialogo]

27. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: There Won't Be Many Coming Home

28. The Hateful Eight, Film Score: La Puntura Della Morte

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This music is just beautiful. Its really giving me the boost I need at 1 am
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Yo Yo is one of the greatest performers of all time and you have the balls to say he's "up'n down"???? Hahahahaha!! ! !
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The mission
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His music in hateful eight was amazing
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I agree with comment regarding cello music. I could listen to cello all day.
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Ennis mariconi is very listenable. Enjoyable. Without being trite
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Rip
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So beautiful
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Would really appreciate having a station dedicated to cello music only.
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I could listen to forever, Ennio! Bravo!
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^_^
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Happy Birthday tomorrow, Ennio Morricone. Viva, Ennio! C'est Magnifique!
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It seems like every time I listen to my classical station and I'm really in love with a piece it's Yo-Yo Ma playing Ennio Morricone. Brilliance in the form of music
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Ennio is my favorite composer, his music is incredible. Hope he lives a long long time :)
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His music is enthralling.
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PURE GENIUS! -
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Every piece by morricone has its own breathe. Listening to his work is like looking into a soul
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Pure genius =master
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yo-yo is good but kind of up and down
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Just beautiful
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I love your music you are one of the true greats
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Hurricane intermediate school orchestra rules!!!! Our cellos could play this!!!! #totalviolis t ������
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This is perfect sound track for a scene when Jose is shot in a gun fight while Esmeralda cries over him
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Yo-Yo Ma~ thinking of if I stay
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This is from the movie untouchables to! Great piece!
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Absolutely wonderful
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Wonderful.
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The Great Ennio Morricone. A true legend and hero of the human race. Thank you for sharing your gift, Ennio!
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Sleepy Time
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"When you say Taco, say Viva, if you feel lucky, Punk. Well do ya Punk? Do ya?
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a superb CD
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Great movie I have it
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Yo-Yo Ma is great!
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These three guys are amazing,i had the chance to meet them in person, their voices are amazing,i love IL VOLO
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As a boy westerns then I saw Conan. Great composer really great. Don't see that enough today.
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Listen to the musette he did with Robert Mcfarrin . So funny .
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Amazing
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Loved his work in "Memoirs of a Geshia" fell in love with his music!
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this arrangement is pure grace, laced with the solar winds and the light of the stars.
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